Portage unemployment
increases slightly in July
Portage County’s jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a percentage point for July, to 7.1 percent, according to state statistics released last week. The county rate was 7.0 percent in June, and July’s increase marked the third straight month the county rate went up since May.
Portage’s rate a year ago was 7.0 percent, down from a high of 11.6 percent in January 2010 when there were 10,700 county residents out of work. The statewide rate was unchanged at 7.2 percent.
Rates ranged from a low of 4.5 percent in Mercer County in the west to a high of 12.3 percent in Meigs County on the Ohio River in the southeast. The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 7.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent in June and from 8.2 percent in July 2012.
Ohio’s nonfarm jobs increased 5,300 from a revised 5,205,600 in June to 5,210,900 in July, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The number of Ohio workers unemployed and looking for work was 416,000, up from 413,000 in June. Portage had 6,600 people out of work from a workforce of 92,800 according to ODJFS.
July rates for counties abutting Portage (with their June rates) are: Cuyahoga 7.5 (8.0); Geauga 5.8 (6.3); Mahoning 8.6 (8.3); Stark 7.3 (7.5); Summit 6.9 (7.1); Trumbull 8.5 (8.1).
— Mike Sever, Record-Courier

KSU, Davey get funding
for crystals and analysis
A slew of state funds awarded to Kent State University’s Liquid Crystal Institute and Davey Resource Group in Kent will enhance the mission of each respective entity.
State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced the release of $635,710 to the groups recently. Of the total, $459,000 will go to the LCI and the remaining $176,710 will go to DRG.
The LCI’s funds will cover the cost of some new equipment enabling KSU to expand into biomedical liquid crystal research. Earlier this year, the university announced the creation of new bioengineering research program that will collaborate with the LCI and to spur the development of biomedical applications for liquid crystals and other advanced materials.
Meanwhile, the $176,000 for Davey, which is headquartered in Kent, will pay for a comprehensive analysis of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s current roadside vegetation practices.